On skinny ice for a lot of this season, Mike Zimmer just isn’t anticipated to obtain a ninth 12 months as Vikings head coach. Minnesota is anticipated to maneuver on from its longtime HC after Week 18, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports activities reviews.
This example was headed towards this conclusion for a bit now, with the Vikings’ previous two losses doubtless sealing the defensive-minded coach’s destiny. Possession almost canned Zimmer after the Vikes’ run to the divisional spherical in 2019, so it was going to be powerful for him to face up to back-to-back shedding seasons.
Whereas the Vikings have made the playoffs 3 times beneath Zimmer, his abrasive type has worn on the group, La Canfora provides. The group’s two Kirk Cousins contracts haven’t produced the specified outcomes, with the high-priced quarterback set to complete 1-of-4 in playoff berths beneath Zimmer. The Vikings superior to the postseason in 2015 with Teddy Bridgewater on the controls and reached the 2017 NFC championship recreation with Case Keenum. Zimmer’s defenses had been in higher form throughout these seasons; accidents restricted the Vikings’ defensive capabilities over the previous two years.
A longtime defensive coordinator, Zimmer had the Vikings perched as a top-10 scoring protection from 2015-19. Over the previous two seasons, nonetheless, the group has fallen off that tempo. Going into Week 18, Minnesota ranks twenty fifth in factors allowed and thirty first in complete protection. The 7-9 squad has been with out Danielle Hunter for many of this season and misplaced Everson Griffen in November. That stated, Zimmer would doubtless be a powerful DC candidate elsewhere if/as soon as the Vikings pull the set off on firing him.
GM Rick Spielman‘s standing is much less sure, however he must be anticipated to return. Spielman has been with the Vikings since 2006, lasting by means of the Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier and Zimmer tenures. Though the Vikings might begin recent with a brand new GM, Albert Breer of SI.com notes Spielman is anticipated to stay with the group — be it in his present position or in one other government place. La Canfora additionally hears Spielman just isn’t seen as a chopping-block candidate. Spielman, 59, may very well be in place to pick the following Vikings GM, in a state of affairs much like how the Broncos transitioned from John Elway in that submit final 12 months.